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Virtu Ferries

Virtu Ferries is the leading operator in Malta, making regular connections between Catania and Pozzallo on Sicily, and Valletta, the historically rich Maltese capital.

The business is owned by Virtu Holdings, a conglomerate of shipping companies which was established in 1945, incorporating Virtu Ferries in 1988. Shortly after World War II, the parent company was responsible for clearing Maltese harbours of sunken vessels and derelict ships; today, Virtu Ferries specialises in fast and reliable links between Sicilian cities and Malta, with the shortest available route lasting an hour and forty five minutes.

In 1989, the first high-speed ferry was commissioned: San Frangisk, a thirty five-metre-long vessel built in Norway, which was gradually followed by four more high-tech ferries over the years. The second addition to the fleet was San Gwann, built in 2001, then two larger ferries called Jean de la Valette and Maria Dolores were introduced a few years after, accommodating large numbers of both foot passengers and vehicles. provides an impartial ferry comparison service allowing you to view numerous ferry company timetables and fares in one quick and easy search. Compare Virtu Ferries timetables and prices now with all alternative ferry operators before booking your ferry ticket.

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Virtu Ferries Customer Reviews

  • "Nice boat"

    The boat was nice with many and comfortable seats. Friendly staff and good experience overall. But the price is too high for a 2hour ferry trip.

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  • " Exlketent trip"

    Orgenized and easy

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  • "Beautiful new ship with excellent, attentive staff"

    We decided to take the ferry from Malta to Pozallo instead of flying and were so happy with the brand new ship we were able to travel on. It was beautiful! The staff was also very nice and attentive. The only negative was the choppy seas which made us a little sea sick, but that was not the fault of the ferry or the staff. In fact, the staff did everything they could to make it better for us. We would definikty use this ferry service again!! Just maybe on a smoother sea day.

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  • "Passengers are not Sheep"

    The ferry was great and it's a lovely journey, but treatment of foot passengers at pozzallo is appalling. Herded into pens in the middle of the parking lot and left there for an hour, with no toilets, shelter or water.

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